3pm Sunday 17 June 2012
You are invited to attend and support Alex as he prepares for the 2012 Sydney International Piano Competition being held in July. This is an opportunity for Alex to perform some of the pieces he is preparing for this demanding competition and for friends, supporters and the local community to offer their encouragement.
Theme & Variations Piano Services
60 Commercial Road Newstead Brisbane Queensland Australia
Ravel – La Vallee des Cloches from Miroirs
Berg – Piano Sonata, Op. 1
Chopin – Etude in F major, Op. 10, No. 8
Bartok – Suite Op. 14
Debussy – Preludes Bk. 1, No. 5 – Les collines d’Anacapri
Mendelssohn – Variations Serieuses in D minor, Op. 54
Bach/Liszt – Organ Prelude and Fugue in A minor BWV 543, S. 462
Haydn – Sonata No. 58 in C major Hob: XVI 48
Andante con espressione
Chopin – Prelude in C# minor, Op. 45
Chopin – Scherzo No. 3 in C# minor, Op. 39
Messiaen – Catalogue d’Oiseaux Bk. 1, No. 2 – Le Loriot
Admission is free. RSVP / Bookings appreciated.
Please phone (07) 3666 0650 or email email@example.com
Nineteen year old Brisbane pianist Alex Raineri is currently in his third year of a Bachelor of Music in Advanced Performance at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University under the tutelage of Leah Horwitz.
In 2011, Alex was a major prize winner in the Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition performing Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54 with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Edvard Tchivzhel and was the winner of both the Allison/Henderson Scholarship and Matana Foundation for Young People Scholarship at the Sydney Eisteddfod.
In 2008 and 2011 he was a national keyboard finalist in SymphonyAustralia’s Young Performer Awards playing with the Queenslandand West Australian Symphony Orchestras under the batons of distinguished conductors Vladimir Verbitsky and Pietari Inkinen. Alex is the youngest of five Australian pianists recently selected to participate in the Sydney International Piano Competition in July 2012.
Alex toured Taiwan with the Brisbane Symphonic Band as guest soloist performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue in the 2008 Chai-Yi International Band Festival and the previous year in 2007, was selected to undertake a performance tour of California in the ‘Castles and Cathedrals’ program.
Harbouring a special interest in the performance of contemporary chamber works, significant performances to date include Bartok’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion with Dr. Stephen Emmerson, Reich’s Double Sextet and Ledger’s In Orbit with grammy-award winning American ensemble Eighth Blackbird, Birtwistle’s Secret Theatre with the Lunaire Collective conducted by Graeme Jennings, Saariaho’s Cendres with Dr. Kathleen Gallagher and John Addison, Xenakis’ Komboi with Angus Wilson, the Australian Premiere of Hurel’s …a mesure with Ensemble Coruscate, Reich’s Sextet and Music for 18 Musicians with the QCGU New Music Ensemble, Rzewski’s Coming Together with Ba Da Boom percussion, works of John Cage at ‘the Cage in Us’ Festival, and performances with the MAC Ensemble at Campbelltown Arts Centre and the Queensland Conservatorium presented by New Music Network.
Upcoming performances in 2012 include Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 26 in D major ‘Coronation’ with the Queensland Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Michael Morgan, Richard Barrett’s Codex V with Elision, Smetanin’s Sharp with Richard Haynes and the QCGU New Music Ensemble, Xenakis’ Komboi with Angus Wilson, Messiaen’s Poems Pour Mi with Tabatha McFadyen, Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring arranged for two pianos with Ben Austin, Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians and performances with the newly formed contemporary ensemble Kupka’s Piano of Boulez’s Derive 1, Grisey’s Talea and new works by Peter Clark, Liam Flenady and Michael Matheison-Sandars presented by Crossbows and New Music Network. He will also be performing solo recitals at Theme and Variations Steinway Showroom, the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Brisbane City Council Lunchtime Series, Con Spirito Lunchtime Series and more.
Alex has broadcast recitals on ABC Classic FM, Sydney’s 2MBS, Melbourne’s 3MBS, Brisbane’s 4MBS and has been interviewed on California’s Capital Public Radio with Jeffrey Callison, Australia’s ABC, Sydney’s SBS and 2MBS, Melbourne’s Radio 3AW, 3MBS and Radio Southern, Brisbane’s 4EB and 4MBS, Maryborough’s A2Z FM, Redland’s Shire Bay FM and Warwick’s Rainbow FM. He has been the subject of television feature stories on Australian ABC television’s The 7.30 Report (2006) and Sunday Arts (2007/8), Channel 10’s 5:00pm news (2008) and 9am Show with David and Kim (2007/8) and Channel 9’s Inside Queensland (2008).
Alex has had feature articles in Australia’s The Age and The Courier Mail, Sydney’s Drum and Street Beat, California’s The Paradise Post andBrisbane’s The Brisbane News, Rintocchi, The Bulletin and The Westside News.
Some of Alex’s other awards include the People’s Choice Award at the 2010 Kerikeri International Piano Competition (NZ), the Minnie May Bussey Prize, Ruby C Cooling Prize and Margaret Nickson Prize for Voice and Piano at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and in both 2008 and 2011 his piano trio were finalists in the Musica Viva Chamber Music Award at the Sydney Eisteddfod.
Alex obtained his Trinity College Licentiate Diploma with Distinction in 2008 and also received the Top of the State Award. He has also received a Licentiate Diploma from the Australian Music Examinations Board.
In addition to the aforementioned Concerto performances, Alex has performed Bach’s Keyboard Concerto No. 1 in D minor with the Sinfonia of St Andrews and Mueller International Chamber Orchestra and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the St Lucia Orchestra and Kelvin Grove Wind Orchestra.
Alex has produced three CD’s all of which are available through this website. Shadow Dancing and When Poets Dreamed are comprised of works from the classical canon paired with original works. Stone Butterflies is solely comprised of original compositions and features performances by the Queensland Youth Symphony under the baton of John Curro, Jason Barry-Smith, Graham Evans, Louise King and cover art by David Paulson.
He has performed in masterclasses with Boris Berman, Paul Lewis, Sergio Tiempo, Cyprien Katsaris,Piers Lane, Albert Tiu, Anna Kijanowska, Tamas Ungar, Roy Howat, Michael Kieran Harvey, Timothy Young, Marcella Fiorillo and has participated in both the 2010 and 2011 Piano Week at the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne.
Alex is actively involved in several chamber groups including a piano trio with Eddy Chen and Oliver Scott, the QCGU New Music Ensemble, the newly formed contemporary ensemble ‘Kupka’s Piano’ and a soprano/piano duo with Tabatha McFadyen under the tutelage of Lisa Gasteen. He also studies harpsichord with Huguette Brassine.
10th Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia
July 4th – July 21st, 2012
All stages of the Competition will be broadcast live throughoutAustraliaandNew Zealandand worldwide on the internet by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s radio station ABC Classic FM.
The Competition is open to pianists of any nationality who are aged 17 but under 31 years of age on the 4th July 2012.
Admission will be limited to a maximum of thirty six (36) applicants.
There will be cash prizes totalling approximately, one hundred and fifty thousand Australian dollars (AUD150,000).
The Competition has five stages held in the SeymourCenter, Universityof Sydney. Stage V will be held in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House.
The Prizewinners’ Concert will be held in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House.
For more information please visit www.sipca.com.au
Alex is one of two pianists from Queensland competing in SIPCA 2012. The other Brisbane pianist is Aaron Liu who will perform in a similar recital on Saturday 16 June. For more information about Aaron’s recital please click here.